Posts from ‘dog’

Aug
21
Dog and child on a scale in the ER

Ruby and Avery at the emergency vet hospital. The bandage on her leg is covering her IV catheter while we transferred her from one vet to another.

Did you know grapes are toxic for dogs? I had seen it on a list of people foods that are bad for dogs, but never imagined we’d have a grape emergency when we first brought our little pup Ruby home.

We usually only eat at the table, but a bowl of grapes was accidentally left unattended in the living room. I came around the corner to find Ruby with her little face in the bowl, but I couldn’t tell if she had eaten any since she didn’t have any in her mouth at the time. Still, my heart sunk, knowing it was possible that she had eaten some.

Luckily, I knew grapes could cause a serious problem, even death, for dogs. And luckily, I had a magnet on our fridge with the number to the emergency vet clinic in the Twin Cities, Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service. I called right away and they confirmed grapes were very dangerous and we should try to get Ruby to vomit as soon as possible. It turns out that even a few grapes can cause some dogs to go into kidney failure. We tried an at-home option of using hydrogen peroxide, but unfortunately it didn’t work. So Jason took Ruby to the emergency pet hospital.

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Oct
22

puppies

Oh, you guys, do you remember how much my children have wanted a dog forever? Like when they were this little and dressed up as puppies for Halloween? Or when they made dog houses for their stuffed animal puppies, who have real dog clothes and toys and food bowls?

puppies 2

Just looking at these pictures of them wanting a dog from the depth of their little souls makes me all misty. They waited years for this day to happen. While their mama waited for them to grow up a little bit, and for her own confidence to grow, that this was something our family could really manage. Because of course, adding a dog to an already busy life, is a very big decision. Especially in a family with allergies. I chuckle as I look back at the posts I wrote: Mychildrenwantadog and My children want a dog – part 2 as I warmed up to the idea.

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